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" I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it. "
" God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us. "
" Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great. "
" The wise man does at once what the fool does finally. "
" Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds. "
" The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not. "
" Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society. "
" Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear. "
" Never was anything great achieved without danger. "
" No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution. "
" Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil. "
" There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. "
" Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions. "
" Hence it comes about that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed. "
" Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed ought drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more. "
" The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous. "
" War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans. "
" Before all else, be armed. "
" A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example. "
" Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked. "
" The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing; and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs, they deserve condemnation for their mistakes. "
" A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise. "
" Politics have no relation to morals. "
" Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain. "
" The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him. "
" A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair. "
" He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command. "
" Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better. "
" War is just when it is necessary; arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms. "
" Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces. "
" Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries - for heavy ones they cannot. "